Kautex Inc. Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
11 Reviews
2.5
11 Reviews
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Kautex Inc. President & CEO Vicente Perez-Lucerga
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  1.  

    Great people to work with, company not so much

    Current Employee - Quality Manager  in  Lavonia, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Lavonia, GA

    I have been working at Kautex Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Had a great team in Lavonia. Talented, good leadership and interesting products.

    Cons

    German leadership at top levels presented certain challenges. Lots more micromanagement than I would prefer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the team members and work to keep them.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great job, unstable company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Technician  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Process Technician in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Kautex Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best part of working here is that its a Textron company so the benefits are good and the pay is decent for most. If your in the technician field expect to be underpaid for your work. You only make a few dollars more an hour than the operators.

    Cons

    There is no stable foundation to the company. No one can seem to take charge and put all the ducks in a row. In a company it should be 1. safety 2. quality 3. production. not production quality safety. Even if there is a problem, bringing it up to upper management just gets your laughed at. Guaranteed to work 6 days a week and 60 hours with no personal/family time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. No one knows what is going on or what is wrong better than those out there doing it. So many people have walked away because they have not found the job work the trouble. That goes back to pay as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Kautex Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can learn a lot in role

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees. Morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A growing company that will pay you well for a lot of very hard work, long hours, and dedication.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Kautex Inc. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The pay is generally considered to be higher than average. There is a great opportunity for relocation if you want it.

    Cons

    The long hours and weekend sacrifices are common. There is very high pressure to exceed expectations at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always listen to your people. They are your greatest asset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    First of all, I used to work such as a tool crib Attendant for 5 years.

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    Former Employee - Social Work, Translator, Interpretor, Mediator  in  Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Social Work, Translator, Interpretor, Mediator in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Kautex Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is a good company and it is also international company. Kautex Textron had many branches in many countries such as: (South, Africa, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada and US).

    Cons

    The downside is not like people think about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management was excellent; no complaining at that point.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Dissapointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Kautex Inc.

    Pros

    New Product innovations keep Kautex leaders in industry

    Cons

    Pay scales and socially very "Clicky"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great pay, but you will work for the money.

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    Current Employee - Manager Role  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Manager Role in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Kautex Inc.

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are much better as compared to many of the Tier 1 suppliers in the area. They provide you with the tools to improve yourself professionally, if you can find the time. They offer tuition reimbursement and web based training tools. They pay 15 or 16 holidays and normally give the requested vacation time that a new hire with experience requests.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and managements ability to understand strategic requirements makes it difficult for the company to compete. Many of the managers often flip-flop with their decisions because the frankly don't know what to do. A lot of the policies and cultural requirements are created in Bonn without input from US personnel. The German's and American's do not appear to understand one another's cultures - even after all of these years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice strategic management and improve your innovation. Use your tools to give the customer what they want and not what you think that they need.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company and challenging due to the automotive nature of the business.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kautex Inc.

    Pros

    Senior leadership understands what are the things needed to keep the company ahead.

    Cons

    There needs to be better alignment between the US operations and Bonn. The two sides need to work together to achieve the common goals and that can only be done by bridging the gap in cultural differences. The Germans have a unique was of doing things which are more straightforward and less window dressing compared to the US counterparts. This is often a source of conflict but could become a source of getting things done quicker.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kautex Inc. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Automotive industry is strong (for now) and they have expertise in blow molding fuel systems. Textron provides them a big cushion for capital and expertise.

    Cons

    CEO is cruel, can't be reasoned with and very hot tempered. The worst person I have ever worked for. Left a large body count of very capable employees and shouldn't be in management of any sort. He has no use for Americans. Quick to turn a blind eye to whatever is happening in Mexico as long as they turn a profit.

    Textron has been happy to rid itself of a lot of non-aircraft business and has always hatred Automotive. Only a matter of time before this place is sold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good temp job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kautex Inc.

    Pros

    Good coworkers. Many job tasks to choose from. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Unionized and representation not helpful. Lots of nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More soldiers, less generals on the floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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